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Crane Canyon Cellars

Crane Canyon Cellars Gardner Britt and Patrick Imbimbo started Crane Canyon Cellars in 1993. Chuck Elsbree joined the winery in 1998. It was originally located in Bennett Valley, Santa Rosa, but in 1999 located to a new, greatly expanded facility in the foothills of Windsor, just north of Arata Lane. Owners Britt and Imbimbo are the head Winemakers for the winery. They take special pride in the handcrafted wines they produce. Crane Canyon's annual production is approximately 5,000 cases per year. Within two years they will expand to 10,000 cases. The high quality of Crane Canyon wines is attributed to using the best fruit available, labor intensive open-top fermentation for virtually all of their red wines, gentle handling of the wine at every point of production and meticulous attention to all details of the wine making process by the owners. This is a very "hands-on" operation. Their product line includes Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Knights Valley Mourvèdre, North Coast Viognier, North Coast White Crane (a unique blend of Viognier and Gewürztraminer and a dry, French style Mourvèdre Rosé. Enter our web site to find out more about our wines, lists of restaurants and retail stores that carry Crane Canyon and how to order wine directly from the winery.


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4727 Sheehan Lane, Santa Rosa, CA, US, 95405 Email:
Phone: 707-575-3075 Web:
Fax: 707-578-3140
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  Mourvèdre, Knights Valley, Noble Vineyard
Mourvèdre is a grape varietal from the southern Rhône region of France brought to California in the late 1800's. Its hallmark is a bouquet of aged leather and blueberry. Add a dash of white pepper, some earth and sage, and a subtle waft of pipe tobacco. On the palate there is a brawny richness with the resonance of a cello, all the way to the long, lingering finish. Left to debate is whether this wine is simply decadent or unabashedly hedonistic.
  Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
The vibrant color of the 2000 Pinot Noir belies the richness of its extraction. For those who think wine must be deeply colored to be deeply extracted, let this wine be a lesson. The cherry bouquet leaps from the glass, boosted by subtle wafts of toasty oak, vanilla bean and toasted coconut. The rich viscosity coats the palate, and the finish lingers and lingers. Check out the legs - they take almost a minute to form on the side of the glass, and then slowly glide down like a Rudolph Nuryev leap in slow motion.
  Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley - Somers Vineyard
The perfect match for any Italian dish with rich tomato sauce, olives, capers, anchovies, roasted vegetables and red meats. The balanced tannins and acidity insure a wine with a long, vibrant life. Think Botticelli, on a warm summer night, enjoying pasta primavera, while gazing upon his Birth of Venus, by candlelight.
  Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, Eagan Vineyard
The bouquet is an explosive potpourri of spice, including black pepper, clove, anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a central core of blackberry, black cherry, and raspberry fruit.
  Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, Elsbree Vineyard, Estate Bottled
The deep opaque robe of our 2000 Zinfandel prepares one for a richly extracted wine with perfumed aromas of pepper, black cherry and chocolate truffles. Rich layers of dark fruit are accented by toasted oak and vanilla, and embraced by smooth tannins. This Dionysian beauty is brooding and decadent though gracefully textured. Think Churchill, sitting by a fire, signature cigar in hand, eyeing the cheese plate, in the afterglow of his Beef Wellington supper.


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